Hoping for A Christmas Plumbing Miracle

I can’t wait to share some exciting restoration work that we are doing upstairs in our 1939 stone cottage. Our girls had to pack suitcases and drag their mattresses down to the basement studio to live temporarily until it’s complete and they will FINALLY get their own shower.  Yes, we’ve lived here almost 14 years with only one shower between the four of us. Of course, their new bath will be nicer than ours!  There are some old-house plumbing complications, so I’m hoping for a Christmas miracle that will keep the main floor plaster walls from having to be ripped up. Here’s a photo of the tear-out upstairs:


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I’m Pretty Sure You You Don’t Have a Pegasus in Your Christmas Tree

Yesterday started out hectic.  I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep, worrying about all the things I committed to do this week and how I was letting things go undone.  Finally got back to sleep around 6:00.  Mr. Man woke me up at 7:30, which meant I had 30 minutes to get out of the house and head to Arrington to install my Make-A-Wish Christmas Tree for the Kings Chapel Parade of Homes.


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In High Gear for Event-Filled Week, And You Can Join Me!

I’m in high gear getting ready for two exciting events this week in Nashville. The first is the Kings Chapel Parade of Homes tour located in Arrington, TN, which kicks off this Wednesday with a High Tea Blogger Event. Allison and I will spend Wednesday morning installing the Christmas tree I was asked to decorate for the million dollar French Provincial home built by Arnold Homes LLC.

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Make A Wish – Christmas in Greece

I’m really excited about a fun project I’ll be working on over the next month. I’m decorating a Christmas tree at a Nashville area Designer Parade of Homes.

The cool part?  I’m decorating a tree that will auctioned off to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Three other southern bloggers will participate with me and decorate Christmas trees in different homes:  Kari Ann from Thistlewood Farms, Leslie from Chaotically Creative, and Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof.



The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The specific wishes of a few local children are to be the inspirations for each of our trees. My Make-A-Wish tree is inspired by Joey, who has acute lymphocytic leukemia. His wish is to visit Athens, Greece and see the ancient ruins and churches there. I’m betting he’s a big fan of the Percy Jackson book series (at least that’s what my kids are guessing). I want it to be an elegant tree that will attract bids for Make-A-Wish, but still capture the essence of Joey’s special wish. I’ve been putting together some ideas on an inspiration board to help me make a plan for the tree:

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I’ve never been to Greece, and really don’t know very much about the country!  So I’m asking for your help.  At this point, I’m leaning toward a gold, off-white, and seaglass color scheme.  I want to incorporate seashells, gold laurel crowns, and greek key symbols (maybe in a ribbon garland).  I’m having a hard time finding any ornaments that look like columns or ancient ruins!!! Do you have any suggestions to help me make this tree theme a success?  Any ideas are welcomed (I am begging you here, really).  Please share your ideas and anywhere I might find such ornaments in the comments below!

Last Chance for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  Are you ready?  Surprisingly, I made enough space over the last week or so that I actually AM ready.  Presents bought and wrapped.   Halls (and everything else) decked.  Portions of Christmas Eve dinner ready – the rest will be soon.  

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It’s not perfect up in here.  I swear.  I didn’t do Christmas cards or Christmas card photos – first time since I’ve had children.  Yes, I’ve had a little guilt over that – my kids were shocked and disappointed that I didn’t do them.  I’ve done some really awesome Christmas cards – I used to even do handmade ones.  Not this year.  I did get my picture made with Santa, though!

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Tonight I’m hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for fifteen people (thankfully, I’m not doing all the cooking!).  As I am writing this morning, there is actually a very light SNOW falling outside my window. Pretty amazing after a weekend of temperatures up to 74, but that’s a Tennessee winter for you!

Before I go, here comes the Shameless Plug Alert:  If you have a special someone who you haven’t found the perfect gift for, my video classes (paint color and furniture arrangement) are available for easy gifting:


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You’ll be able to print out a pretty gift card with an access code for that special someone (or maybe even yourself!) to the video decorating class of your choice.  It’s quick and easy, and you won’t even have to make a last minute run to the stores today!  Now back to what’s important:  my wish for you is that you spend your Christmas with people who love you.  I appreciate all of you who show up to share a little bit of my life, even when it’s via this blog.  


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 Have a merry, merry Christmas!




A Book Lover’s Christmas Tree

Every year, I like to come up with something new and different to do when decorating for Christmas.  This year I decided to try a Christmas tree forest, but a few years ago I created a tabletop Christmas tree made of books.  It’s been pretty popular on Pinterest, so I thought I’d share it with my readers in case you missed it:


Decorating with books – one of my favorite things!  So I had to attempt a Christmas centerpiece of a bookish nature.  I started with a white cake stand and a big stack of books.  A few decorations and a bag of mica snow later, this is what I came up with:

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 I used small porcelain figurines to decorate my book tree and topped it with a porcelain bird.

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Now Try This: Christmas Tree Clusters!

I wanted to do something really different for my Christmas decorating this year . . . 


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